Ubuntu Ayni

About This Center

The approach to our work is supported by the two concepts, Ubuntu and Ayn. For us, it is crucial that there be no hierarchy in our relationships with our guests, as we believe we are all on a path of growth and spiritual evolution, together navigating our own unique challenges. Each encounter is an opportunity to learn together from one another.

Our work is based on being heart centered and available, in the present moment. In our opinion, most, if not all issues and challenges that we find ourselves experiencing day to day in our lives originate in the illusory concept of separation.We have collectively bought into an idea of separation, from one another, from our own being, our human nature and from Mother Nature, and this causes us much suffering on a global scale. There is a constant invitation from spirit to remember who we really are and stop identifying with the structures our minds have created for us. We all experience ups and downs in life – and we can cultivate deeper awareness of how we react to life and the variety of experiences it brings us. Often, an experience of seeing deeply held beliefs and choices from a different perspective really enables us to realise that we have a choice, and no longer need to react in unconscious ways to life. This is one of the gifts that the San Pedro medicine holds for us.We have the utmost respect for people from all walks of life and all belief systems. All healing work is an expression of Divine Grace, and we are constantly humbled to see people coming, open and willing to heal, with the understanding that this healing does not originate with us.

The Concept of Ubuntu

”I am what I am because of who we all are.” ~ Leymah Gbowee

Ubuntu is an African concept that refers to our humanness. Simply put, Ubuntu is a state of being which refers to our essence, to who we really are. It is about expressing and manifesting Divine Love within ourselves, among us as human beings and also as a collective. It is about community and the understanding that everyone and everything is equal and that no-one is more or less than anyone else. It is about co-existing with our brothers and sisters as humanity, nature and Spirit.Ubuntu teaches us that we are not separate – we all learn and grow together, regardless of our gender, race and religion. It teaches us about wholeness, our interconnectedness and it shows us to love ourselves and others. By doing so, it teaches us to return to our hearts.We believe that to live your Ubuntu, is to live from the heart and to express your being. It is through Ubuntu and connecting with our hearts, that we learn who we truly are.

The concept of Ayni

Ayni is a Quechua, or specifically, Q’ero word that refers to the concept of reciprocity. For us, the concept of Ayni encompasses both material reciprocity as well as a deeper, energetic reciprocity. This may be seen as an earnest willingness, trust and openness of heart in approaching any personal or healing work, as well as a giving of ourselves to the present moment, as we believe that the giving of our own energy and trust to the process of life will enable us to receive greater healing and understanding in our path.Coupled with Ubuntu, we have a concept of energetic and material reciprocity between people connected with their very essence which makes us human. This, for us, is a concept of incredible beauty, which is healing in itself.

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  • Mozelle Spencer   November 03, 2018

      21 day San Pedro Dieta

    One of the most beautiful heart centered and healing experiences of my life. There were 5 guests that all participated in a 21 day Dieta with San Pedro in this functional silent retreat. Bernard has a special way of knowing just how to approach each guest with kindness and compassion and checks regularly with you in and out of the medicine. This approach is greatly appreciated as with some places your on your own to make sense of your experience. Bernard is experienced, professional and holds beautiful space in ceremony. The rooms are very clean and great pillows! The hammocks in the maloca were a favorite looking out onto the beautiful grounds surrounded by the Apus (Mountains). If you are looking for a beautiful space ran by a wonderful family, you found it here in Abuntu Ayni. Whether you are looking for a ceremony or two, a retreat or an extended stay Dieta. We will definitely be back.

  • Travis Kline   July 19, 2018

      Beautiful retreat center

    Ubuntu Ayni is a magical place where real healing can happen. The accommodations provided are top notch, from the rooms, the absolutely delicious food, and the beautiful garden area. The amount of work put into everything by Bernhard and the staff is of the highest quality. I love the unstructured approach to staying here. Other retreat centers funnel everyone into a structured daily regime with set dates and prices, but here you can choose how long you wish to stay and which ceremonies you participate in provided there is availability. I can't imagine a better place to experience San Pedro.

  • Scott   April 20, 2017

      An amazing man

    I first got into contact with Bernhard, by chance, or so it seemed. Bernhard welcomed me into his beautiful house and grounds, he is unassuming and gentle by nature, but also fun and light. He has taken me on a couple of life changing journeys and I can't wait to sit with him again. I feel so strongly about Bernhard's passion for the gift that he offers to all that I've recommended him to quite a lot of others and the reviews from them were nothing but astounding, of you want to sit with San Pedro (huachuma), I can't think of a better place or a better person. Enjoy your time at Ubuntu Ayni.


Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My inspiration sparks from my innate charge to connect with a collective innate goodness. I aspire to live in a way that continuously blossoms and embraces my wise and compassionate human nature. Freundl

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.